A 24-year-old male graduate
student and filmmaker reportedly suffered multiple jaw fractures, surgical
repair, and a traumatic brain injury (Sheaffer v. NuCO2, San Diego
County Superior Court, plaintiff attorney: Brian J. Panish).
Sand Hole Collapse
College freshman attending welcome week beach bash killed when 6-foot-deep sand
hole collapsed (Y.S. v. Confidential, Los Angeles County Superior Court, plaintiff attorney: Otto L. Haselhoff).
Victim in underlying car
accident claimed she was entitled to $6 million judgment via an assignment of rights (Yamor
v. State Farm General Ins. Co., Los Angeles County Superior Court, defense attorney:
Christopher P. Wesierski).
Pressure Cooker Explosion
Pressure cooker allegedly
exploded, caused burn injuries to plaintiff's breasts, abdomen and right thigh (Confidential
v. Confidential, Los Angeles County Superior Court, plaintiff attorneys: James
P. Carr/Tyler J. Barnett).
multiple fractures in collision (Confidential v. Confidential, San Diego
County Superior Court, plaintiff attorney: Daniel M. Hodes).
An 81-year-old was
allegedly violently run over by a garbage truck and her body mutilated while
walking in the marked crosswalk (Wan v. City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles
County Superior Court, plaintiff attorney: Thomas A. Schultz).
Med Mal Claim
Family claimed doctors made
fatal errors in heart patient treatment (Humpal v. Nelson, San
Bernardino County Superior Court, defense attorney: Campbell H. Finlay).
Soft Tissue Injuries
Vehicle collision allegedly
caused cervical injuries with non-constant but periodic pain (Confidential
v. Confidential, San Diego County Superior Court, plaintiff attorney: Jeffrey
Bartender alleged pregnancy
discrimination; jury found for defendant (Gonzalez v. Briad Restaurant Group
LLC, Los Angeles County Superior Court, defense attorney: Kathleen M.
Plaintiff missed the last
step of an apartment building staircase allegedly due to lack of lighting (Stickney
v. Ishimaru, Los Angeles County Superior Court, plaintiff attorney: Otto
New tenant badly burned in
gas explosion; defendants found 100 percent at fault; punitive damages reduced by over
$47 million due to statutory caps (Wells v. Aslan Commons LLCS, Georgia – Fulton
County State Court, plaintiff attorneys: Peter A. Law/E. Michael
Moran/Christopher B. Newbern).
Street sweeper allegedly
travelled the wrong way along a street in the Loop in Chicago and struck the
taxi in which plaintiff, an orthopedic surgeon, was riding (Trotter v.
Waste Management of Illinois, Inc., Illinois – Cook County Circuit Court, plaintiff attorney: Michael T. Gill).
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